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Anonymous Hacking Group to start its own social network called Anon+

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July 31, 2011

Members of the Anonymous Hacking Group say they will soon have their own social network, appropriately called Anon+. The news isn't surprising if you consider how they've been so much in the news lately.

With the annual Defcon Edition 19 hacking conference to begin in Las Vegas next week, Anonymous is trying to brand its own network. @YourAnonNews recently sent out a tweet to publish the initiative, which seems to be an attempt to create an open-source communications platform that will allow for a Web space somehow immune to government shutdown and corporate censorship.

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However, the tweet did include an interesting typo, and this is true of the mission statement on the Anon+ home page, which includes a few others. Here's the site's mission statement as it first appeared:

Anonplus was meant to twart government censorship-- so that in the case of a government blackout, the people can still be heard. The people are so far estranged from their world governments that they do not have a voice even outside of revolution, therefore, they need an amplification tool without having to fear censorhip from both the government AND the social network/media that they are choosing to use.

The mission statement continues:

This social network will also incorporate and facilitate an open source educational environment allowing those who want, to further their knowledge of things that are righted to them at birth without having to feed the machine thousands upon thousands of dollars to do so. They will be able to achieve knowledge on how to defend themselves against those who would stand to oppose them in the chance that their liberty and freedom be threatened.

Yesterday, Anonymous said they successfully broke into the networks of Mantech International, and stole sensitive and internal documents belonging to the U.S. government contractor.

As evidence, the hackers posted a 390 MB file download that appeared to contain reports related to NATO, the U.S. Army and even some personnel files. A note that accompanied the Bittorrent file said the hack was intended to defy the FBI, which last week charged fourteen individuals that participated in an Internet attack last December that created many service disruptions for PayPal customers.

But coming back to the tweet, there's also a mention of some green-conscious bartering system being put into place, but it's still difficult to figure out if this has to do with sidestepping the power (as in utilities) grid or avoiding the power (as in "working for The Man") structure inherent in many people's daily existence.

But for now, there's not a whole lot of content on Anon+. Sections include the Latest News, Documents, Donations, Forums, Art & Screens, WebChats, Contacts and the standard FAQ. The Forum link takes you to another site for now, presumably since it isn't completed yet.

As the frequently asked questions makes clear, the people behind the initiative aren't necessarily sure how the whole thing will shape up. "It's merely a network of free thinking, free minded people banding together to create an anonymous communications tool capable of sustaining a social network. What comes from it is left for the community itself to populate and utilize the best way it sees fit."

The awkward writing on the Anon+ site brings to mind intriguing images, and perhaps points to a legitimate kernel in the Anonymous project:

With Facebook and Google+ falling over each other to find a better way to accommodate businesses, and with Twitter searching like mad for a viable advertising strategy, a "new way of thinking about social networks" seems like, at the very least, an interesting exercise.

So will Anonymous' new experiment at trying to create a social network provide some sort of worthwhile alternative to the commercially underwritten variety? Can the project possibly provide a free-speech forum shielded from the threat of censorship or shutdown? It's too early to answer those questions for now, but one thing is clear: they are setting themselves up with a new mandate, but one that still needs to be clearly defined.

Here's the full text of the statement on the Anon+ home page:

Welcome Internet.

This is the official Anonplus Development Blog. There are still some loose boxes at the old place so excuse the mess as we move in. Until everything is settled we hope this keeps your gaze for a bit.

For the non technical, here's the idea behind AnonPlus straight from the idea woman herself Jamie of Presstorm.com.

Anonplus was meant to twart government censorship - so that in the case of a government blackout - the people can still be heard. The people are so far estranged from their world governments that they do not have a voice - even outside of revolution - therefore, they need an amplification tool without having to fear censorhip from both the government AND the social network/media that they are choosing to use.

This social network will also incorporate and facilitate an open source educational environment allowing those who want, to further their knowledge of things that are righted to them at birth without having to feed the machine thousands upon thousands of dollars to do so.

This social network will also allow open communication of ideas and is essentially a cyber-anarchy formatted environment whereas the people are the ones keeping the peace in order via an understanding, rather than a force or threat.

They will be able to achieve knowledge on how to defend themselves against those who would stand to oppose them in the chance that their liberty and freedom be threatened.

This social network would allow open exchange of currency via alternative currency without feeding the grid - and those corporations that wish to strangle the average citizen's wages without a conscience. The people would generate their own currency and wage via alternative energy means such as wind, solar, and geothermal energy - and then any excess can be used for gain using a barter/trade system via the social network anonplus without fear of being penalized like ebay or other similar networks do.

This social network is essentially the activists dashboard.

For the Tech geeks, we have a technical writeup that gets updated as the project morphs. This is not a simple project and our goals are huge. We are also programming without the help of any framework to minimize host impact and that is why we dont use.

We are not trying to piggy back off of anything but instead create our own little piece of the internet.

We will follow this closely, as Anonymous seems to want to make a name for themselves. It will also be interesting to see how the rest of the internet security community follows up with the idea.

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